Bitterly cold weather and extreme wind chills are creating a dangerous situation for anyone who has to venture outside. Local hospitals generally see a spike in emergency room visits from patients affected by the cold.
Barnes-Jewish Hosptial ER Dr. Brian Froelke told Fox 2 News that in this weather, it doesn't take long to get into trouble. "The risk is the possibility of frostbite," Dr. Froelke says. "You have somewhere between ten minutes to a half an hour, depending on how cold it is."
Dr. Froelke says its important to dress in layers and cover up any exposed skin.
Parents are especially encouraged to keep an extra eye on kids who will be waiting at the bus stop or walking to school in this weather.
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